Ontario Disability Support Payments

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is a government-funded last resort income support paid for qualifying residents in the province of Ontario who are above the age of 18 and have a disability. ODSP and Ontario Works are the two main components of Ontario’s social assistance system. The Ministry of Community and Social Services is responsible for ODSP and OW.

Unlike Ontario Works, ODSP does not require recipients to undertake employment-related activities like job searching or vocational training. This is determined through a subjective evaluation of four criteria that are defined within the ODSP Act:

  • The disability is continuous or recurrent;
  • It is expected to last for a year or more;
  • The disability significantly limits their ability to work, look after themselves, or get out in the community; and
  • It has been verified by an approved health professional.
ODSP is meant to replace the income lost due to the recipient's disability making them unable to work enough to gain self-sufficiency and thus has a higher rate of assistance and asset limits than Ontario Works does. At Wolfe Lawyers we often assist clients with the ODSP application process when there are no other accessible financial resources available and the client’s disability is unlikely to resolve in the near-term.


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